Security and Trust in a Networked Immersed World: From Components to Systems and Beyond
Date: April 01 - April 01, 2013
The tremendous explosion of wireless devices and services have created unprecedented advances and are impacting every aspect of life and work. However, many of these advances and resulting expanding markets are critically endangered by weaknesses in security, integrity, and trust. We first describe several of these emerging systems and markets in areas ranging from aerospace and automotive to healthcare and e-commerce to social networks over the Web. We then describe various physical layer (e.g. hardware and signal processing) techniques that can be successfully utilized to significantly strengthen the security of wireless devices and networked systems. We argue for the need of a “trusted core” in wireless networks and for the allocation of part of the security functionality to the physical layer. We next turn to the subject of trust in large networks and describe a new framework using multiple partially ordered semirings for analyzing reputation and trust dynamics and composite trust. Next, we describe our work based on constrained coalitional games towards understanding the role of trust in collaboration and social networks. We describe several specific applications of these methods in securing distributed inference systems, SCADA sensor networks for power grids, wireless network routing protocols, LTE paging systems, wireless handheld devices for healthcare and e-payment systems. We close by describing the need for rigorous frameworks and theories for composable security and outline how these physical layer techniques can provide the foundation for such developments.